A video in which singer and dancer Babes Wodumo can be seen being beaten, allegedly by her partner Mampintsha, had South Africa seething on Monday morning.
He has been accused of beating her before.
The footage is apparently from a live Instagram video broadcast she was doing with fans overnight.
Although she or someone else allegedly deleted the original video, clips of it have nevertheless been doing the rounds, especially on Twitter, where the videos have been trending all morning.
— lelekha Elay (@zoleka_majola) March 4, 2019
Just now on Instagram this live broadcast of Mampintsha beating Babes Wodumo???? pic.twitter.com/IwfHWOiST8
— Zakhele Mtolo (@Zakhele) March 3, 2019
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa was quick to condemn violence against women on Monday, saying he was “absolutely horrified” by the “senseless act” and encouraged Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane, to lay charges against Mampintsha, a member of the award-winning Kwaito group Big Nuz. His real name is Mandla Maphumulo.
1. We're absolutley horrified by the actions of Musician Mapmpintsha @MampintshaNuz caught on video where he brutally abuses Internationally celebrated Artist @BABESWODUMO. We do not only condemn this senseless act but call on @BABESWODUMO to immediately press charges against him pic.twitter.com/K7W1cyO0aO
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) March 4, 2019
Wodumo and her fellow performer have had a rocky relationship. They broke up and then got back together last year.
Wodumo and Mampintsha are understood to live together at Mampintsha’s house in Westville, Durban.
Many have expressed concern that she currently is pregnant, a development the tabloids have reported contributed to the couple trying to stay together.
When asked about alleged abuse in the past, Mampintsha reportedly once said he may have “overreacted in a couple of incidents”.
Mampintsha needs to be stopped. I hope they make an example out of him so every man knows that hitting a woman is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. My heart breaks for Babes. ????
— #URaMiracle #ERAbyDJZinhle #ZeeNation (@DJZinhle) March 4, 2019
I'll be very upset if I don't hear of mampintsha's arrest within the next 24 hours. This babes wodumo live video has me shook????
— MaDlamini (@sne_dlaminii) March 3, 2019
STOP BOOKING MAMPINTSHA
— NtsikiWethu (@ntsikimazwai) March 3, 2019
The fact that the video has been deleted off babes wodumo's page makes me nervous
— Nel (@Neliswa_shezi05) March 4, 2019
(Compiled by Charles Cilliers)